Stop Praying


Moses killed a man trying to do God’s work his own way. He ended up a fugitive hiding out in the wilderness, a runaway murderer, and escaped felon – a has-been.

Thinking he was washed up, Moses saw God in a burning bush, heard the call of God, and eventually went back to Egypt. After a ten-round prizefight, Pharaoh let the Israelites start marching out, only to run straight into the banks of the Red Sea. They were trapped. So Moses stopped going forward and prayed.

I love what happened next, because it is the only time in the Bible that I can find God telling somebody to stop praying. God said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to Me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward” (Exodus 14:15).

God said not to stand still or move sideways but to go forward. He said, “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea of dry ground” (Exodus 14:16).

Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night God drove the sea back. The next morning, the Israelites were able to walk over on dry ground, with a wall of water on the right and left. The Egyptians pursued, so all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots followed them into the sea. Then God told Moses to stretch out his hand over the water again – and the entire Egyptian army had to learn to tread water.

Now think about it. Moses’ best moments in life began when he finally said yes to God’s plan for his life and started to fulfill that plan God’s way. In other words…

When Loses finally stopped say no; When he stopped making excuses; When he stopped being overcome with fear and discouragement; When he stopped thinking, ‘It’s just too late for me;’ When he finally stopped saying, ‘I’m too old,’ and ‘I’ve messed up too much;’ When he finally stopped being driven by his insecurities; When he finally said yes, obeyed God, took a risky step with God, and moved forward…

Look at what happened…

The minute Moses said yes to God, he experienced the unlikely but commanding performance before Pharaoh. After he said yes, two million people were freed from hundreds of years of slavery. After he said yes, he watched the Red Sea part and two million people escape through on dry land. After he said yes, he received the Ten Commandments, wrote the first five books of the Bible, and experienced the miracle of the manna, Mount Sinai, the promised land, and the glory of God…

The best years of Moses’ life happened only after saying yes! None of these experiences would have happened had Moses not stopped wallowing in self-pity and finally started to say yes to God.

When you say yes to God incredible things happen.

On the other hand, nothing much happens to people who always say no.

So which are you going to be?

You want adventure? You want a sense of purpose? Say yes, and then hang on for the ride of your life.

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